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App Accomplished: Strategies for App Development Success The process of getting a successful mobile application deployed can be complex and daunting. Architecting, designing and developing natural user interfaces for touch and gesture on mobile devices is not the same as web and desktop UI design and development. Mobile devices are used in different contexts, and bring different personas to the table. Having web and desktop architecture, development, and UI design experience does not make you a qualified mobile architect, developer, or UI designer. Although it was much worse back in the Dot Com Boom days, I still see publication and commercial print designers trying to design web sites the way they design a magazine. A lot of them finally figured out web design is different, and we are now dealing with getting them to realize web and desktop UI design experience doe... (more)

New Tool for SharePoint 2007 and 2010 Create Sitemaps in HTML, Text, and DGML

Tool updated. Info here. I recently needed to reverse engineer a SharePoint 2007 Farm to prepare for an upgrade to 2010. I initially used the stsadm tool and PowerShell commands, but they were arduous to use. I looked around for an open source options but could not find one. So I built this one. The SharePoint Diagram Tool which reverse engineers SharePoint 2007 and 2010 SharePoint sites into HTML, text, and DGML for displaying in a diagram. Just copy the appropriate file to the server and run it. You need admin rights on the box and to the content databases. If you generate files,... (more)

Book Review: Microsoft SQL Azure Enterprise Application Development

This book starts out with an introduction to cloud computing and the Azure Services Platform. It cover the current state of the Cloud leaders and does a nice summary comparison to show the strengths of each. It compares Amazon, Google, SalesForce, and Microsoft. It continues with a nice introduction to the Microsoft Azure platform components. It covers the different types of storage, Azure AppFabric, the hosting service, and SQL Azure. It then does a good job of walking you through getting a subscription. The book then goes through a detailed introduction to the SQL Azure Services. ... (more)

Book Review: Enterprise Architecture

After reading Architecture Principles and Enterprise Architecture at Work I decided I would also read this book and Enterprise Governance and Enterprise Engineering as well. I am starting Enterprise Governance and Enterprise Engineering now. This series is great!!! I recommend every Enterprise Architect buy the series. This book was the first of the series. It is only 145 pages long, but it is packed full of valuable information. This book puts Enterprise Architecture into context. It gives a complete picture of Enterprise Architecture. It starts with a great chapter on why Enterpr... (more)

Microsoft Expression Blend 4 Step by Step

Being primarily an architect and developer my use of Blend can be very limited at times. I use Blend mostly for prototyping with SketchFlow and I wanted to get a refresher on the functionality I don’t use day to day. Over the past several months I have been cracking this book open over lunch (when I get a lunch) and going through all the exercises. It has been a very fun exercise. The book starts out with an introduction to Silverlight and WPF and then has a chapter on the Blend 4 IDE. The book continues with a chapter on Designing an Interface, XAML and C#, Animations and Transfor... (more)